Okay, so, Rydi pitched his idea to me, and I've discussed it with Mrs. Rusty, and we're going to do a real attempt at it.
I've done my market research, and "breast game" and "breast simulator" turn up diddly squat as far as what we're talking about is concerned.
Interestingly, my research did turn up this article: http://kotaku.com/how-video-game-breasts-are-made-and-why-they-can-go-so-1687753475
which discusses the state of breast physics in the industry. Even more interestingly, the solutions for breast physics that the author discusses, which create the 'uncanny valley effect' and are the problem the article is about, do not include the solution I have come up with that I have outlined in this thread. My solution is a hybrid of the method that 3d games use which comes out poorly and the method that 2d games use which comes out well.
The proposal is worth following through for us because it's on the way to where we're going anyway. Strays has huge, huge potential. It appeals to some of the most popular genres of games in the industry right now (gritty survival, which is saturated with wilderness/zombie, but refreshes the genre with animal, urban, and social elements combined,) and appeals to entire demographics of people that typically only play casual games or generally don't play video games, and has a social agenda, which makes it the kind of game that talking heads talk about, which gives it broad market exposure. It's the kind of game that Scott Manley and Ben Croshaw will play and then talk about, even if they hate it, and then their fans will buy it and play it and love it or hate it. It has anti-DRM movement elements to it, which appeals to the millions of people that boycotted SPORE, some of whom may buy it for the same reason that they refused to buy or play SPORE. I digress. Strays is important to me, it's a good concept, and has huge commercial potential. Breast simulator....also has huge...bouncing...commercial potential.
I'm writing a game design document for this project which I hope can guide me to a quick completion. The only thing I'm missing is NGUI which I can afford and some sound assets, which I can also afford. I may also need an in-game purchase solution, there are several, I might see if I can find a reliable one that I like.
I'm generally not for microtransactions, I feel like they cheapen a game experience and make the original purchase price a lie. In this case, I feel like fair is fair. Here's the schedule I'm looking at for costs, distribution, and so on.
Free copy is interactive breasts with a bra or bikini on. So everything's covered. Maybe.
Pay to unlock nakedness, basic modifications to size and skin tone, and a few scenes of your choice.
In game/app store to continue to unlock additional settings, scenes, activities, and so on.
I think the base paid copy should be $5, and additional unlocks $1 each. (Because you can't tuck .99 cents into a g-string.)
I think BitBundle might be the right platform to distribute on. It's a fairly new phenomenon, so it hasn't been torn apart by bullshit yet. Actual deployment of a game like this is something I hadn't put much investigation into before. It's too brazen to really expect Steam to carry it, though they might. We can attempt a Greenlight campaign, but to be honest I don't expect Gabe Newell to like this. The game is cheap enough that kids could sell off some game trading cards to get it. Also, who would want to have their status showing that they are "now playing Breast Simulator"?
Amazon might allow it. Maybe. Their digital downloads do have to go through an approval process. It may have to see the ESRB to sell through Amazon as well, and they would have a chance to give it that dreaded Adults Only rating, which they reserve for things that piss them off, like gratuitous nudity for it's own sake ( and pubes. But not games that involve driving a drill press through someone's face (Punisher) or breaking a small child's neck (Dying Light) or having interactive sex (Heavy Rain.) Most of the time, when they give a game AO, it goes back to the publisher who makes the suggested edits in order to get the M rating. The removed the Castration sequence from Punisher in order to get the M rating. There's not much to remove from Breast Simulator.
Here's a list of possible scenes, settings, and features to have in the transaction store. These are too much to offer all for 1.98. Maybe make the very most basic thing 1.98 and then add from there.
Extended range of cup and chest sizes (they are not the same thing.) This part could be educational. Read this as "extended breast settings."
Non-athletic body types. Not everyone is fit as a fiddle.
Logo shirts and "clothing" (buy a shirt with a place for a logo, add your own logo. This circumvents copyright infringement exposure and makes the purchase more valuable.)
Just stand there. You're beautiful. (Default) Oblique and fill lighting.
Laying out in the sun. Several possible scenarios such as on the sand, on a towel, the sea washing in, on a chair, these should be adjustable. Add suntan lotion as a scene specific interaction.
Jogging on a treadmill. Staring at someone's breasts while they do this is forbidden. You can still interact while they do this, which is weird, but also even more difficult and forbidden.
Swimming. Both underwater and in a hot tub.
Soapy bath. Getting bubbles right might be difficult.
Steamy shower. Press them up against the glass.
Stripper pole. The character model is animated and does a stripper routine. You can remove the garment she's wearing and interact as usual, the camera remains, as usual, locked in perfect view, but the model and the camera move together. This one demonstrates a lot of the physics and would push a mobile device pretty hard.
Bedside manner. A sexy nurse outfit. Stethoscope included.
Riding Dirty. From the drivers seat of a vehicle, at night, with the window rolled down, a sexy cop asks if you know why she pulled you over. It' so that you can play with her breasts.
Orbit. Apollo,Soyuz,ISS style space suit, which can be removed to interact with breasts in zero gravity. You always wanted to.
Squeaky bed. There are movements the body makes on a bed that cause unique responses in the female breasts. Two iconic poses come to mind. They should both be options here. No sound other than a squeaky spring is needed.
Catwalk. Like the stripper pole, here the model is doing a lot more moving than in other scenes, though much less acrobatically. She walks down the catwalk, turns left, turns right, and returns, and repeats.
Non-garment things, like piercings, glitter, body paint, oil, liquids like milk or water, should generally be included either in the base game or in the scene they're needed in.
Alternate model types:
Uni-boob, triple-boob, and twins. Uni-boob is just $1. Twins is $4, and their skin types are identical (Same shader settings.)
Clothing designs could be a source of continued expansion in the internal store.
So, the very basic game would be "just stand there" for $2. Or not. Gah. I haven't decided. BitBundle has exposure to over 100 million users, I think their last count was 170 million. A lot of them use the same software for porn, so it's not a terrible group to target.
I'd like at least 10% of gross to go towards breast cancer research. This is very, very important. We need the icon for the game to be a pink ribbon.
With the frame only having the one character in it, and the background being mostly out of focus, there's a lot of room for detail. Also, the breasts need to be as realistic as possible, since they're the ENTIRE POINT.
Mobile deployment would have a similar set of features, with some potentially unique ones, such as "thermoboobs," using temperature data from smart phones to affect the breast appearances.
One thing I'd like to include in the free game and up is an "anatomy" mode, which explains and visualizes the anatomy of healthy breasts, and shows where and how breast cancer appears, and how to check for it yourself. Why? Because I like breasts. And the fact that breasts kill people is just...just terrible. It's the worst. Well, maybe not the very worst thing in the world, that's probably something else. But it's really really terrible. It's badong.
No breast pictures today. I have work to do.